Tuesday, July 14
Every man who has lived on this earth other than Christ was plagued with the sin nature. So when God set out to redeem the human race, He didn’t have much to work with. No matter whom He picked to get the job done, it took a massive overhaul to make it work. You might have noticed that He didn’t pick those who were popular with men. He picked those who had nothing to offer, people of no repute, the least likely candidates. Even Paul included himself in that graphic phrase “off scouring of the earth.” He got it right. But take note of what God did with the following people—and take heart. God is not thwarted by working with clay. He turns it into something beautiful. He delights in making saints out of sinners, winners out of losers. [This is just a sampling; there are hundreds more in Scripture.]
Abraham was too old.
Jeremiah was too young.
Jacob was a liar and a cheat.
Moses had a speech impediment and lacked self assurance.
Rahab was a prostitute.
David was an adulterer and a murderer.
Peter denied his Lord three times.
Paul tried to wipe out Christianity.
Mark abandoned the work.
If you think you are a nobody, you qualify.